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International Cosplay League – Solo


Individual Rules (clicca qui per la versione italiana)

The competition consists of a pre-judging (point 5) in which a dossier will be provided to the jury (paragraph Jury) and a parade (point 6).

      1. All the contestants must be over 18 years old by the 10 of September 2024, and must have Italian nationality or permanent residence in Italy.
      1. The registration will only take place online, that is, there won’t be an opportunity to register at the event.
      1. The total number of participants is of 60, everyone registered after number 60 will be appointed into reserve.
      1. Cosplayers will walk down the catwalk alone, it is an individual contest.
      1. All the contestants will have to be ready for the costumes’ pre-judging two hours before the contest. The participants will have to respect the line and will not be evaluated before the turn or after. Cosplayers will be judged following the order of registration. If not present on time for the pre-judging , they will be disqualified without any exceptions.
      1. The contestants will have a maximum of 20 seconds on the catwalk, and the music will be chosen by the organization. They cannot bring their own music, nor can they speak, sing or scream during the catwalk. No microphones will be provided.
      1. Cosplays have to proceed from an official commercial source (Comics, Manga, Books, Cartoons, Anime, Movies, TV-movies, Musicals, Videogames), meaning that the design cannot be based on a fanart. Flesh and bone characters will be allowed if they are from works of fiction. The only non-official designs allowed are Sakizo and Hannah Alexander’s illustrations.
      1. Cosplays that have previously won international qualifying rounds or international competitions, costumes which have received any type of award at Torino Comics events cannot participate.
      1. Effects of fire and sparks are forbidden, as well as crackers with gunpowder and laser lights. Objects cannot be thrown on the stage, it is forbidden to dirty, mark or damage the stage.
      1. Using weapons: it is absolutely PROHIBITED use real weapons. Some examples (for the rest only the Italian law): a) imitations of firearms SHOULD contain the special “red cap”; b) replicas of real weapons metal can be unlined ONLY for plastic pose (no fighting, no hitting objects, no movements).
      1. Torino Comics will be allowed to make free use of the photographs taken during the contest without any economical compensation for the participants or photographers.
      1. Participants won’t be allowed to subscribe more than once for the whole competition.
      1. The parade of the participants will follow the order of registration.
      1. During the cat walk it is forbidden to jump off the stage closer to the public and/or the jury; violating cosplayers will be disqualified.
      1. Pets: it is forbidden to bring animals on stage.
      1. Catwalk is to take place on stage: if the costume is not suitable size and/or is unable to go on stage, you can’t do the catwalk and take part in the competition.
    1. The rules can go through any type of modifications until the day of the contest according to the needs of the organization. The participation in the contest implies the recognition of these rules.

Official Criteria


      1. The jury is not allowed to follow the process of the creation of costumes, presented by the participants. In case it happens, the jury will not be allowed to take this information into account when judging.
      1. All the participants will be evaluated before the contest. During the pre-judging a dossier of 4-8 pages showing the process of the work will have to be handed in. The dossier shall have English translation for any writing. The cover page will contain the reference picture of the character and will not be included into the 8 pages allowed. Without the dossier the participant will be disqualified.
      1. The jury will not debate on the contest or on the participants before or after the contest. In case a participant approaches a member of the jury, the organization will be informed and will take necessary measures. If a participant needs advice on the future contest, it will be given without taking into account the current one: the judges can’t talk about the deliberation with the cosplayer but they can give advice for future competitions.
      1. The decision of the jury will be irrevocable.
    1. A “second place” will be announced as back-ups in case first place individual is not able to attend or is disqualified for non compliance discovered after the award (see costumes paragraph).


Cosplays will only be judged for their craftsmanship quality and the resemblance to the reference image. Acting will not be taken into account, but it is recommended to act to achieve better photographs.

        1. The quality of the costume will be evaluated in general, that is, some parts cannot be of higher quality that others – this will lower the final grade. Parts will not be judged separately.
        1. The diversity of methods and materials will be valued, as long as they provide a better result. The jury will not take into account personal experiences or how big of a challenge it was for the participant, the important thing is the final result.
        1. Advanced tailoring techniques are allowed. Manual sewing or embroidery will not be valued positively if the result is worse than what it could be with a machine. If the part of the costume created with advanced techniques and the manual ones have the same quality, the one which took the most effort will be valued.
        1. The choice of materials accurate for the characters’ time period will be valued positively. For example, if the cosplay is of Middle ages, an accurate choice of fabric will give you more points. If you choose a fabric which is very different esthetically, you will lose points.
        1. Costumes have to be handmade in 90-100% by the participant. The 10% left can only be used for a single piece, bought and modified by the participant.
        1. If it is hidden and later discovered that the participant has received help or hasn’t made the costume on his/her own, he/she will be disqualified automatically without previous notice.
        1. The cosplay will be compared to the reference picture but the jury will not take into consideration the physical appearance of the participant.
        1. To avoid future surprises, have in mind that a cosplay with a neat craftmanship, even if it is easy, will have a higher grade than a massive costume with bad craftmanship.
      1. Lens and wigs are not to be considered in the percentage of the costume to be handmade by participants; anyway if they are handmade or bought and then modified they bring additional points.